Vol. 16 Iss. 12

Volume 16 Issue 12 - 03/21/2008

Editorial – On Parade

It seems that everyone is media savvy these days. Corporations are jumping on the social-networking phenomenon in attempts to leverage the latest trends. The Internet teems with sites featuring amateur music and video producers, and even grade-school kids have at least a passing knowledge of the power of media and advertising. Now, the Vancouver Police… Read more »

From Where I Sit – A Walk on the Dreamy Side

Two Saturdays in a row I was able to convince Roy to go with me to see the grand prize homes in two charity raffles. Because it was Saturday, the crowds were heavier than they would have been on a weekday afternoon. There were also far more children tramping through the million dollar homes. I… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Cat Power, Jukebox

CD: Cat Power, Jukebox Release date: January 22, 2008 Label: Matador Records I have yet to decide whether alt country represents the swan song of American pop music or signals the dawn of a musical renaissance every bit as significant, varied, and amazing as those of the 20s, 60s, and 80s. Either way the magic… Read more »

Course Introduction – Western Music: Beginnings to Baroque (HUMN 310/MUSI 310)

Athabasca University’s new HUMN/MUSI 310 course, Western Music: Beginnings to Baroque, provides students with an in-depth appreciation, both written and auditory, of early Western music. The course structure features a timeline approach and examines music throughout periods in history, enabling students to observe and analyze the trends and variations in music over the centuries. Course… Read more »

Slice of Life – Goodnight My Love

He sat in the corner of the room, looking out the window. From his hospital bed he could see the crimson leaves waiting to drop to the ground. It was late fall and he knew this would be his last season on this earth. Though he struggled to hang on, his life was slipping away…. Read more »

AU Profiles – Gonzalo Belmar Ramírez

STUDENT: Gonzalo Belmar Ramírez AU students are scattered all over the globe. Take Gonzalo Belmar Ramírez, a musician living in Lima, Peru, who chose Athabasca because its flexibility allows him the freedom to work on his music and other hobbies. He describes the importance of art and music in his life, why a musician would… Read more »

Milk-Crate Bandit – All Your Mainstream Are Belong To Us

In a lot of ways, the mainstream is representative of human evolution. It is never the same from year to year, is dependent on popular opinion, and involves a lot of skulls (I hate Avril Lavigne more than mere language can describe.) I equate Faith No More’s constant radio play with the human ear developing… Read more »

Did You Know? – The Story Behind the Picture

Next time you visit Athabasca University’s home page, check out the ?I Stand Out? banner at the top of the page. The banner features photos of AU students in their home towns. But did you know the banner is interactive? Click on the banner and you’ll enter a mini site. Along with links to courses,… Read more »

Around AU – AU Learning Link Celebrates First Anniversary

On February 5, AU’s Learning Link Office in the HUB Mall at the University of Alberta celebrated its one-year anniversary! Cindy Koziej and Jordanna Chipiuk hosted the celebration, and refreshments and prizes greeted visitors to the Learning Link, including AU staff members and U of A students and staff. Karen Wong, director of Learner Support… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Egg-zactly

It’s a sure sign that both Easter and warm weather are in the air when images of rabbits, eggs, and fluffy chicks start appearing everywhere. In the interest of all things spring-like?including weather, clothing, and moods?this week’s Click took a stroll on the sunny side, and discovered there’s more to these icons than pastel-coloured egg… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: More winter on the way for Canadians – In Foreign News: Chinese troops move into Tibetan areas

At Home: More winter on the way for Canadians Environment Canada’s senior climatologist has some fashion news for Canadians: leave the spring bonnets in storage and hold onto your toque. Spring may officially be here, but the cold weather isn’t going away anytime soon. As the CBC reported, David Phillips cautions that ?Canadians won’t see… Read more »